Arts and Humanities BA Courses with Foundation Year


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Various – please see table below | BA Hons
UCAS code
Various – please see table below for individual UCAS codes
4 years full-time (or 5 with a year abroad)
A level offer
BCC. Minimum of five GCSEs (combination of 5 (B) and 4 (C) grades). We do not consider graduate students or international applicants for this programme
Required subjects
GCSE English at grade 4 (C) or above. BA language programmes may require specific language qualifications.
IB score
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places
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This foundation pathway enables UK and EU applicants to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to study the arts or humanities at degree-level.
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International students from non EU countries should apply for Business, Law and Social Sciences Foundation Certificate

The arts and humanities address some of the most profound questions facing people today in a broad range of ways, across a multitude of different academic disciplines. This pathway has been carefully produced to introduce you to the exciting breadth and significance of the arts and humanities and to develop skills such as academic reading and writing, critical thinking, and communication. These skills are not only essential for undergraduate study, but also highly beneficial in the workplace.

This programme is designed for UK students whose school-leaving qualifications do not meet the current admissions requirements for direct entry to undergraduate programmes in the arts and humanities, and mature students holding non-standard qualifications.

The foundation year will equip you with the skills you need for a further three years of degree-level study (four years for language degrees, with year three spent abroad).

All students participate in the same Foundation Year and upon successful completion will progress to their chosen undergraduate degree or may be permitted to change to a different degree from the available options.

 T70F  American and Canadian Literature, History and Culture (International Study with Foundation Year)
 V11F  Ancient History (with Foundation Year)
 V40F  Archaeology (with Foundation Year)
 Q82F   Classical Civilisation (with Foundation Year)            
 Q39F  English Language and Literature (with Foundation Year)
 W63F  Film and Television Studies (with Foundation Year)
 R12F  French Studies (with Foundation Year)
 R22F  German (with Foundation Year)
 R41F  Hispanic Studies (with Foundation Year)
 V10F  History (with Foundation Year)
 V35F  History of Art (with Foundation Year)
 P90F  International Media and Communications Studies (with  Foundation Year)
 R90F  Modern Languages (with Foundation Year)
 T90F  Modern Language Studies (with Foundation Year)
 74QF  Modern Languages with Translation (with Foundation Year)
 V50F  Philosophy (with Foundation Year)
 86VF  Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (with Foundation Year)
R70F  Russian Studies (with Foundation Year)
 V61F  Theology and Religious Studies (with Foundation Year)

Entry requirements

A levels: BCC. Minimum of five GCSEs (combination of 5 (B) and 4 (C) grades including 4 (C) in English language). BA language programmes may require specific language qualifications. We do not consider graduate students or International applicants for this programme.

We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.

The Arts and Humanities Foundation entry route is part of the University of Nottingham's commitment to Widening Participation, therefore Arts and humanities foundation students, typically, will fulfil three of the following criteria:

  • Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education
  • Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands
  • Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education
  • Attending a school or college with a low average A level score
  • Living in a deprived home location
  • Being (or having been) a refugee
  • Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after)
  • Other disadvantaging circumstances (reviewed on an individual basis)
  • Holding alternative qualifications

Alternative qualifications

BTEC National Diploma: applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Minimum five GCSEs, combination of grades 5 (B) and 4 (C) including 4 (C) in English language.

Scottish Advanced Highers: Minimum of five grade 2s at Standard level including English language. Minimum of five grades BBBCC at Higher level.

Mature students We welcome enquiries from mature students who have non-standard qualifications and/or have been away from education for a while. Please email us directly in the first instance.

EU students are eligible to apply if they do not have national year 12 provision and miss the standard English language requirements by one step. Standard English language requirements in Arts are IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element). Students admitted on this basis will take an additional 20 credit insessional English module in the Centre for English Language Education (CELE).

Information about the University’s foundation courses for International students can be found here.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

All students take the same modules:

Important Thinkers through History

In every field of the arts and humanities there are significant people who have contributed to the intellectual and cultural development of humanity. In this module you’ll consider a selection of these ‘important thinkers’, drawn from different disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, across a broad sweep of history and representing a variety of cultural and geographical contexts.


Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning

This module will introduce you to key skills and practices for university work and help you make the transition from school, college or work to undergraduate study. Critical thinking and reflective learning are skills that are essential for thriving on your chosen degree course but they’re also important for developing thoughtful, responsible citizens who contribute effectively to society.


Language and Culture

Language and culture are both fundamental aspects of any arts and humanities degree. In this module you’ll develop an analytical and critical approach to English as well as an understanding of the potential challenges and benefits involved in studying other languages and cultures.


Media and Visual Culture

This module will analyse the relationship between media, language and culture. The module will allow you to explore how communication occurs and engage with different kinds of reading and texts. You will also assess the positive and negative impacts of communication through a wide range of media.


Narrative and Creativity

This module will introduce you to academic theories about narrative and creativity. You’ll also encounter various forms of narrative and ‘storytelling’ to help you consider the role of narrative and creativity in different contexts. This will include exploring the role of creativity and story in society generally, reflecting on your own ‘stories’, and developing your own creativity in a variety of ways.


The Project

Extended projects or dissertations are a key feature of many university courses, especially in the final year. This module will help you develop the skills required to design, research and produce a major piece of work for assessment, using media (written and/or other) appropriate to your chosen topic. If you apply to go on to a modern language degree you will study in our Language Centre in place of taking ‘The Project’ module.



Evidence shows that students commencing their university study at foundation level achieve the same levels of undergraduate degree as their fellow direct-route students, which in turn leads to the same wide range of career options. In addition to your study we recommend that you participate in at least some of our cv-enhancing programmes which include the Nottingham Advantage Award, Student Ambassador scheme, and subject-specific volunteering programmes. You will also be able to take advantage of the wide range of services offered by our dedicated Faculty of Arts careers team within the Careers and Employability Service.

Careers support and advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


Key Information Sets (KIS)


KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.

How to use the data

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


an alternative route into Higher Education designed for applicants who do not meet our undergraduate entry requirements
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